FEW Spirits is an American craft distillery based in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. They pride themselves on producing everything from grain to glass; every aspect of the production of their spirits is done by them. They currently produce a range of award-winning gins and whiskies, all using ingredients sourced as local to the distillery as possible.
Evanston is also the home of prohibition, for it was here that Francis Elizabeth Willard championed the temperance movement with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. As a not-so-subtle nod to her achievements, Paul Hletko named his distillery FEW Spirits when it became the first distillery in Evanston since prohibition. Every FEW Spirits label carries with it some local heritage by depicting a different scene from the Chicago World’s Fair of 1892.
The distillery has two copper pot stills. Their first still is a custom built german hybrid still and is used to produce the whiskey, as well as to strip low wines for gin production. The second still is also custom built, but is optimized for gin production. Since Few places all of their gin botanicals directly in the pot, the use of a separate still for gin production ensures that the gin flavors don’t mix with their whiskey.
Although a relatively young distillery, Few has rapidly gained acclaim. Social and Cocktail named Few American Gin the most exciting spirit product introduced in the UK in 2012, and the Beverage Testing Institute awarded the Few Barrel Gin the highest rating given a gin in 5 years. Few was even picked as one of the gins for the Ginvent calendar in 2012.